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#498333 - 11/25/14 09:58 AM Marion Jones Sports Complex open soon  
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Mexico and Belize announce the kickoff of the construction of a multi-purpose sport facility at the “Marion Jones” Sport Complex

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Jose Antonio-Meade and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, the Hon. Wilfred Elrington held a meeting in Mexico City to reiterate the bonds of cooperation and friendship between the two countries. As part of the historic visit of Minister Elrington to Mexico, the two ministers along with the Hon. Herman Longsworth, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports with direct responsibilities for youth and sports announced the kickoff of the construction of the Multipurpose Sport Facility at the “Marion Jones” Sports Complex.

This project is fostered by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Belize with the Hon. Herman Longsworth at the helm of the project and will be financed with funds through the Infrastructure Fund for Mesoamerican and Caribbean countries (Yucatan Fund).

This particular project is a direct response to a request from the Government of Belize, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Dean Barrow to the Minister of Finance of the Government of Mexico, as per letter dated 24 August, 2014. The launch of this project represents for Mexico the opportunity to contribute to the welfare of Belizean youth through the promotion of social inclusion, the prevention of violence and the restoration of the social fabric. Additionally, the multi-purpose sport facility is an expression of the coordinated efforts of Mexico and Belize to bolster social development and create opportunities for growth, as well as to strengthen the bonds of cooperation and deepen bilateral relations between the two countries.

This project involves the design and construction of a multi-purpose sport facility and the installation of lighting on the existing football field. It will be named by Mexico, in appreciation for the support of the Mexican Government.

The Government of Belize and the Government of Mexico, through the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), partner on initiatives to increase shared cooperation that boosts growth and raises the prosperity and welfare of both its population.

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#503221 - 04/10/15 11:07 AM Re: Marion Jones Sports Complex open soon [Re: Marty]  
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Marion Jones Sports Complex opened, but not quite completed

After a series of delays and on-and-off construction that spanned several years, a “soft” opening of the Marion Jones Sports Complex was held today by present Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Hon. Herman Longsworth.

Since the last groundbreaking ceremony for the stadium in August 2009, the projected launch of the state-of-the-art facility had been put off multiple times.

Still, the high-caliber multi-purpose sports complex is nearing completion, even if it is only in parts. At this point, the contract for the bleachers and accompanying facilities is complete, and the sports complex is in a usable state.

During a media tour of the long-awaited stadium this afternoon, Longsworth elaborated on the progress of the project and its current stage.

He said, “The contract for this complex is complete. When it was tendered, the cost came in much higher than the government had budgeted for, and so it was divided into 2 phases.

Government entered into a contract with the contractor to complete what they could have afforded with the monies they had. So far as that contract is concerned, I would say that we are 98% complete. The balance of the building will depend on additional funding coming from government, so I don’t know what will happen to that.”

“If you want me to speak to the entire complex, I would say it is 80% complete. The contract was specifically for this building and the parking area. We have not yet done anything with the parking, but the building is substantially complete except for what are to become the Sports Council offices on the 3rd level, and what is to be the press boxes and the VIP boxes on the 5th level”, he noted.

“We’re also still working, but I expect those works to be completed on the ground level, which is the athletes’ locker rooms and showers etc. They’re not complete as yet, but we’re pretty close now to having them completed”, he further said.

According to Longsworth, all the basic amenities such as bathrooms, concession areas, locker rooms, and seating are ready for public use, and he noted that while at this phase, the facility will only be able to accommodate track and field, football, cycling and beach volleyball, but when the indoor facility is completed, the stadium will be able to also host basketball, volleyball, boxing, karate and table tennis.

He added that construction on the indoor facility should start by the middle of this year, courtesy of an expected $10 million grant from the Mexican government.

As was mentioned, the almost $16 million building is also retrofitted with press boxes, office spaces for the National Sports Council, ticket booths, and a VIP lounge that is nearing completion.

While he concurred that works on the stadium have taken longer than expected, Longsworth pointed out that the financing for the project came out of the Government’s coffers, and he assured that the expanded facility is “specifically geared towards the athletes and the public to view sports.”

The Sports Minister also conceded that maintenance – which is vital to the upkeep of the sports complex – will be very expensive, and therefore, the possibility of turning over that responsibility to a private company is being considered.

Even though the finishing touches are still being put on this segment of the project, we understand the facility will be open to athletes who need it to train for their different sporting disciplines.

Longsworth told us that the general public will be allowed to use certain parts of the facility, but for a fee, which will be used to help cover the maintenance costs.

He also stated that there will be an official opening of the Marion Jones as soon as all the works are properly completed.


#508693 - 10/30/15 05:01 AM Re: Marion Jones Sports Complex open soon [Re: Marty]  
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Mexico Makes Marion Jones Moves

The grant was approved last April, along with 2 other projects in Jamaica and Saint Lucia by the Technical Committee of the Infrastructure Fund for Mesoamerican and Caribbean Countries in Mexico City.

#508696 - 10/30/15 05:28 AM Re: Marion Jones Sports Complex open soon [Re: Marty]  
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8 yrs later.. still a mess.

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#512952 - 04/09/16 05:19 AM Re: Marion Jones Sports Complex open soon [Re: Marty]  
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Marion Jones, Still Not Ready

Drone footage of Marion Jones Sports Complex in Belize City

#518265 - 10/13/16 12:22 PM Re: Marion Jones Sports Complex open soon [Re: Marty]  
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Lights and indoor facility for Marion Jones Sporting Complex

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has announced the signing of the contract for the lighting of the Marion Jones Sporting Complex project. The signing of the contract is between United Nations Office on Projects (UNOPs) and Maheias Construction for the installation of FFB- standard lights on the field of the Marion Jones Sporting Complex.

This signing takes place at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 13th at the Marion Jones Complex. In addition, the Ministry of Sports will reveal the design of the indoor basketball and volleyball facility that will be constructed next to the Marion Jones Grandstand. Bids will go out for that contract shortly and construction is expected to begin by early January, during the dry season.

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